Books

Books authored or co-authored by Arjo Klamer
Telgen van Tibergen, Het verhaal van Nederlanse economen

“It is a little superfluous for any foreigner to come to Rotterdam to lecture about economics at all. I feel a bit like a 17th century New England smuggler lecturing on seamanship to Admiral Tromp. The trade in economics nowadays is as much the other way: we send our young men to Rotterdam to learn, not our middle-aged professors to teach. Indeed some of our best middle-aged professors are named Koopmans and Houthakker! I suppose the logic of the situation is that I am not import at all; I am to be processed and re-exported, like cocoa beans.” — Robert M. Solow in 1963 when visiting the Rotterdam School of Economics.

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Dutch welfare, a case apart

“The American students were perplexed. They had come over from a prestigious Southern university to take a summer course in Dutch economics. Exploring the coffeeshops in Amsterdam they noticed a large number of adult men on the streets in broad daylight. The reason must be unemployment, they figured. Then they found out about … “

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The making of an economist

Graduate schools have reputations that rub off on their Ph.D.’s. Where you went to school is a signal of what type of an economist you are. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is known for attracting the best students. A Ph.D. from MIT, therefore, means something like, “Ah, she must be bright.” MIT is also known as solidly neoclassical with a Keynesian slant. Its Ph.D.’s are expected to be just that. Chicago stands for a conservative tradition in economics. Hearing “Chicago,” most economists will think, “Oh, one of the Gary Becker-George Stigler-Robert Lucas crowd.” (Older Ph.D.’s will evoke the reaction “Milton Friedman.”) Ph.D.’s from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will bring “radical” to mind, because that is the reputation...

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The consequences of economic rethoric

The field of economics proves to be a matter of metaphor and storytelling — its mathematics is metaphoric and its policy making is narrative. Economists have begun to realize this and to rethink how they speak. This volume is the result of a conference held at Wellesley College, involving both theoretical and applied economists, that explored the consequences of the rhetoric and the conversation of the field of economics.

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Conversations with economists

New Classical Economists and Opponents Speak Out on the Current Controversy in Macroeconomics. Totowa: Rowman and Littlefield, 1983. Published in England under the title The New Classical Macroeconomics: Conversations with New Classical Economists and Their Opponents. Wheatsheaf, 1984. Translated into Japanese, French, Polish, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

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